All 13 new cases in Singapore imported, including 7-year-old girl

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2 min read
A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask walks on a boardwalk in Singapore.
A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask walks on a boardwalk in Singapore. (PHOTO: Vivek Prakash/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) detected 13 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Thursday (24 December), taking the country’s total case count to 58,495.

There are no new cases of locally-transmitted infection.

“Amongst the new cases today, 12 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while one was symptomatic,” said the MOH.

Among the 13 imported cases, one is a Singaporean – a seven-year-old girl – and another is a Singapore permanent resident who returned from the US and UK respectively.

Another eight are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia, India, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, including seven foreign domestic workers.

The remaining three cases are two student’s pass holders and a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from India.

All of them were placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival here and were subsequently tested, said the MOH.

It noted that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with a total of one case in the past week who is currently unlinked.

99% of total cases have recovered

With 10 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Thursday, 58,332 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 36 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and none are in the intensive care unit.

A total of 98 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 29 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

The MOH on Wednesday confirmed the city-state’s first case infected with a new variant of the novel coronavirus that is spreading rapidly in the UK. Eleven others have tested preliminarily positive for the B.1.1.7 strain.

Singapore is due to enter Phase 3 of reopening on Monday.

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